Pablo Picasso, ‘Faune devoilant une femme, from: La Suite Vollard’, 1936, Christie's


Watermark Picasso, signed in pencil, from the edition of 260 (there was also an edition of fifty with wider margins), published by A. Vollard, Paris, 1939, the full sheet, a deckle edge at right, in very good condition, framed
Plate 317 x 419 mm., Sheet 337 x 445 mm.

From the Catalogue:
In a room flooded with moonlight a god-like faun unveils a sleeping woman. Inspired by Rembrandt's etching Jupiter and Antiope, Faune devoilant une Femme contains many autobiographical allusions to the artist's relationship with his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, whose powerful physical allure is so evocatively portrayed in the curvaceous figure of the sleeper. Unlike Rembrant's Jupiter, who leers lecherously at the nubile Antiope, this faun gazes upon her, transfixed by her beauty and reaching out to caress the object of his desire. At the time this print was made, Marie-Thérèse had given birth to their daughter, Maya, and it has been suggested that the etching is Picasso's nostalgic evocation of a passion now passing, irrevocably changed with the advent of parenthood. It is one of the most beautiful examples of the artist's graphic work, both lyrical and mysterious, and has been justly described as a masterpiece.
—Courtesy of Christie's

Christie's Special Notice
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

Bloch 230; Baer 609

Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 14 May 1960, lot 817 (DM 4,600).
Wilhelm Reinold (1895-1979), Hamburg, by whom acquired at the above sale; and then by descent to the present owners.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France